Being annual passholders we have the pleasure of visiting Universal Studios Hollywood multiple times a year. As such we have our park outfits down to a tee and are more than happy to share what works for us based on a lot of experience.
We’ve visited during the rain of January, or the summer heat of July. We’ve also travelled with and without kids, so we know the extras you’ll want to consider bringing too.
Things To Consider When Deciding What To Wear To Universal Studios
When planning what you’re going to wear to the Universal Studios Hollywood theme park you’ll want to consider a couple of things;
- Universal dress code policy
If you’re visiting the parks during the off-season of January and February for example, then the mornings and evenings can be a little cooler. Subsequently, you’ll likely want to wear a light jacket to keep warm.
Meanwhile, during the height of summer, you’ll likely want to trade in the long trousers or jeans for a pair of lightweight shorts instead.
There are no dedicated water rides at Universal Studios Hollywood, although you may get a little wet on Jurassic Park: The Ride. As such we don’t feel that adults will need to bring a change of clothing.
Kids however are no doubt going to be drawn to the splash pad at Super Silly Fun Land during the height of summer, so we would recommend adding a change of clothes to your Universal Studios Hollywood packing list.
Universal Studios Dress Code
There is no specific dress code for Universal Studios Hollywood. Instead, as long as you are wearing clothing that is appropriate for a family-friendly environment, you should be fine.
This makes wearing the likes of muscle tees, tank tops, crop tops, and shorts, all perfectly fine while any items with offensive logos or slogans may cause an issue.
Universal Studios also has a costume policy for the health and safety of all guests. This includes no costume masks, veils, long trains, live animals, swords or weaponry however, face coverings worn for medical or health reasons are permitted.
Costumes cannot exceed 28” wide x 80” high to meet Universal Studios Hollywood’s metal detection regulations and costumes are subject to secondary x-ray screening.
Costumed guests may not give the impression that they are Universal Team Members while those wishing to bring a home-crafted wand must ensure it is rounded on either end and must be appropriate in nature.
Guests found to be wearing a costume / outfit that is not deemed permissible will be asked to either remove the costume and change into something more appropriate, or exit the park.
Universal Studios will have sole discretion to decide whether an item is permissible. Any item deemed inappropriate will be turned over by the owner and may be retrieved at the end of the day at the Universal CityWalk hub.
What To Wear To Universal Studios
The key to an epic Universal Studios outfit is to combine comfort with style. You’ll be walking upwards of 10,000 steps during your day at the theme park, often in extreme heat and humidity.
However, you’ll also no doubt be taking some incredible photos to remember your time inside the parks so you’ll want to make sure you are happy with how your outfit looks.
Shorts & Skirts
When visiting Universal Studios in the summer months our go-to item is a good pair of shorts. We like a pair that’s got good pockets (ideally with zips) so we can store a bank card and our mobile phone in them safely and access them quickly as and when required.
While denim shorts are an option, they aren’t ideal if you get caught in the rain or go on a water ride since they take a long time to dry. Instead, we look for a pair made of cotton, ideally with some stretch in the waist (for when we’ve had one Butterbeer too many).
Trousers & Leggings
If you don’t enjoy wearing shorts or a skirt, or are simply visiting the Universal parks during the winter months then consider trousers or leggings as an alternative.
Depending on the daytime temperatures you’ll want to consider either lightweight linen trousers, or something slightly thicker such as denim or joggers. Helen loves wearing leggings to the Universal Studios parks on slightly cooler days – especially ones with pockets!
Dresses, Jumpsuits & Playsuits
Dresses, jumpsuits and playsuits are a great alternative to the t-shirt and short combo for women. However, you’ll want to be conscious when going on rides and ensure that you reapply sunblock if you choose an item that exposes your shoulders.
We personally choose t-shirts over vests when visiting Universal Studios for extra protection for our shoulders in the sun. Thankfully t-shirts come in a wide range of styles and sizes to suit everyone including those who want to dress in Universal Studios inspired t-shirts, and those who are happy with more of a neutral look.
Personally, we love wearing Universal-inspired t-shirts including references to Harry Potter, Jurassic Park and Minions. Themed t-shirts can be purchased online in advance (the cheaper option) or as a souvenir inside the Universal parks.
Jackets & Cardigans
Visiting during the winter months can be great, as this is when Universal Studios Hollywood is the least crowded. However, these months can also be incredibly cold, which as a result means you’ll likely want to wear a jacket, and potentially bring a hat and scarf.
We recently visited Universal Studios Hollywood in January and were so grateful that we packed a woolly hat as it meant we didn’t have to use our money for Universal Studios Hollywood to buy one.
You are welcome to wear either an official Universal Studios Hogwarts robe or a third-party Hogwarts robe to Universal Studios Hollywood provided that the third-party one meets the dress code requirements outlined above.
Meanwhile, if you’re visiting during the shoulder months (March, April, September, and October) then it’s likely you’ll still need a jacket albeit just in the early mornings and in the evening. As such we highly recommend finding a jacket that’s small enough and light enough to be put in a backpack, under a stroller or even in one of the Universal Studios Hollywood lockers.
You’ll likely be walking more than 10,000 steps during your day at Universal Studios. As such it’s incredibly important to ensure that you’re in comfortable, supportive footwear. The three most common styles of footwear worn at Universal Studios are;
- Flip Flops
- Sandals / Crocs
We personally find that our flip-flops and sandals begin to rub with so much walking at the parks so instead we save those for around the pool and at the water parks and instead opt for trainers.
Some other items you may want to consider either wearing or bringing with you for a day at the Universal Studios park include;
- Sunhat / Baseball cap
These items can help protect you from the sun, and make you feel more comfortable while exploring.
Universal Hollywood Travel Planning Guide
🎟️ Where To Buy Tickets for Universal Hollywood?
If you’re based in the US or Canada, I recommend Klook for your Universal Hollywood tickets.
Klook consistently has the most competitive prices. There’s also a range of different ticket options to suit all budgets and requirements.
Meanwhile, if you’re based in the United Kingdom. Then I recommend buying your Universal Hollywood theme park tickets from AttractionTix.
I personally use AttractionTix when purchasing theme park tickets. That’s because AttractionTix consistently has the most competitive prices and incredible customer service.
🏥 Should I Buy Travel Insurance for a Visit to Universal Hollywood?
If you’re travelling to Universal Hollywood for vacation, then travel insurance is recommended. Basic travel insurance coverage with Safety Wing averages between $5 – $10 per day and offers peace of mind.
However, if a trip to Universal Hollywood isn’t part of a vacation. For example, you live locally. Then travel insurance isn’t likely to be necessary.
🚘 Do I Need to Rent a Car for a Visit to Universal Hollywood?
You don’t need to rent a car to visit Universal Hollywood, as the theme park has Uber / Lyft pick-up and drop-off points.
However, if a trip to Universal Hollywood only makes up a portion of your vacation, then you may want to rent a car. I personally use Discover Cars to find the best car rental for all of my trips to Los Angeles.
🏨 Where to Stay When Visiting Universal Hollywood?
When visiting Universal Hollywood, I recommend staying at Loews Hollywood. From this hotel, you can take an Uber or Lyft to Universal Hollywood in under 15 minutes.